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World’s largest Planet Snoopy

Kings Dominion, Doswell, Virginia, is planning a multi-million dollar expansion of Planet Snoopy, making it the world’s largest Peanuts themed children’s area when it debuts this coming spring. At least 12 new and re-themed attractions are highlighted, spanning almost 14 acres. Zamperla will be a major supplier of equipment, which includes a Rockin’ Tug, Kite Flyer, balloon tide, tea cups, monorail and aboard a Peanuts-themed

railway. Planet Snoopy will also feature a new entrance fountain, two live shows and daily meet- and-greet opportunities with the Peanuts characters, in addition to an open air marketplace and an expanded family care facility with changing stations, feeding rooms and nap areas, and featuring fresh fruit and food.

Construction is due to begin straight after the

park’s popular Halloween Haunt event at the end of this month.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea 4D

nWave Pictures has been announced as the worldwide distributor for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, the new 3D/4D film from English animation studio Red Star. Re-imagining the classic Jules Verne tale for 21st Century theme park audiences, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea 4D takes viewers on the journey of teenager Ned as he plunges into a world of adventure aboard the submarine Nautilus commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo. The thrilling 3D adventure comes complete with cues for 4D effects such as water splashes, wind blasts and bubbles.

Thanks to the undersea subject matter and environmental issues, the film is thought to be suitable for aquariums and waterparks as well as theme/amusement parks. nWave will be showing the film on its booth this month at Euro Attractions Show in Berlin, and in November at IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. 360 X 3

Following the success of its first two venues, DP Leisure (DPL) it to open a third 360 Play family entertainment centre in the UK. The new outlet is earmarked for the Meridian Leisure Park in the city of Leicester, just minutes from the M1 motorway. Content will be spread across four zones on two floors, with a further two zones outside. The indoor areas including the 360 Street creative play zone (similar to Kidzania), an active zone incorporating soft play and other activities, a skills area with mid- size Dodgem/bumper cars and a sports zone that will also include a carousel.

The two outdoor zones will be Club 360, including boats, water play and climbing

equipment, plus a separate area aimed at under 3s. While some of the equipment is being built in- house, the rides will be supplied by IE Park. A café, party facilities and an event area will also be provided. “As with our first two venues, we plan to create an engaging, inspiring and entertaining family play facility that I am confident will mirror the great success our sites in Milton Keynes and Stevenage, even in what is still a challenging economic climate,” says DP himself – Duncan Phillips. Construction on the Leicester venue began in August and opening is anticipated by the end of the year.

An artist’s impression of 360 Street



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